October 12, 2008

Sometimes It Won't Work

A few annoyances, and I really hope this will be fun. I wrote it last night. Some things which don't work as they are supposed to, or some things which may be annoying - Linux forever, I love it, but sometimes it's not so funny fun as it should be.

Things which you mustn't do
- don't open 3 tabs in firefox in less than 5 seconds
- don't install linux on a system with one sata and one ide drive (adding a hard disk will confuse it even more)
- don't try to install linux on a computer without an internet connection - don't believe me? try installing sarge on a pc without internet, after selecting don't configure network at this time
- movie subtitles must be green, pink, red or yellow, no matter if it's a DVD or a SRT/SUB subtitle
- don't run a task which would take 30 minutes then leave. an error will occure
(if an error doesn't occure, a warning will be issued)
(if the error doesn't occure, are you sure you didn't do something wrong?)
- no, they don't have games on linux
- ...and quake too
- complain if it's closed-source, don't use it if they changed the license to GPL
- a font size of 7 looks normal, but 8 is bold and big. for 6 you will need KMag.
-
open-source projects, use Flash for the homepage; also make sure Firefox uses 100% CPU when browsing your homepages
- ask questions twice, notify a user of some update and newly installed script twice

Particular Private License #0:
I don't want to show you my code!
Particular Private License #1:
It's mine!
Particular Private License #2:
I really hate my neighbour :-)
Particular Private License #3:
Where is my money?

- don't complain, for you did something wrong like not editing some config file of an app which had a bug filed since 2005 and which can't be fixed unless somebody rewrites a whole library which was licensed under a proprietary license and now is free but still wait for a new version to appear and when it's out test it for two more years and you'll find the bug fixed but guess what? the feature is not there anymore

CLI applications are as follows:
- the ones from GNU, which are standard
- the ones from other projects, some of which are great
- the ones which give an error when ran as 'app --version' or 'app --help'
(they all are included in heavy distros)

Who or what is evil?
- Microsoft is evil
- Apple is evil
- Since Canonical offers Linux support for money, I'm sure they are evil too
- Mono, Java too

Bug fixing squad:
If you decide to fix bugs, first put them there so you know what to fix
Choose carefully the bugs you will fix, for some of them you won't know the fix

Start a new distribution, the rules:
- use packages from an older distribution
- do not ever fix bugs
- choose a desktop environment, then start 3 more distros using other desktop environments
- add great features to applications, which will act as follows:
1. use an infinite loop no matter if the user clicks yes/no
2. make it impossible to close the application
3. teach the user how to use ps
- high hopes: 10 goals in a short time, come up with 1 which is terribly done anyway
- yeah, a new wallpaper and an iso image makes a new distro - burn fire burn, evil inside etc

- handle with care - that is: don't start an application unless you know it previously worked before
- an error means you did it wrong
(no, it's not a bug, you just have to configure it 2 hours in order to make it work)

14 comments:

richardkolodziej said...

A very nice compilation. I agree.

Murtadha said...

I 1000% agree with you.
I'm a Linux use for more than a year and yes I'll always prefer Linux than other OS, but come oooon some times I can't do basic things or even those basic stuff don't work!. That's why I have to search and search and search for how to fix, delete or add, I don't think it's suppose to be like that.

Oh by the way, I installed ubuntu in a PC while ago with an extremely slow internet it was like being in hell; so I don't want even to imagine how would it be to have no internet at all :P

Anonymous said...

I've opened dozens of firefox tabs in under 5 seconds, no problems at all.

I've installed linux boxes without internet connection. Some distro's will force you to wait for a timeout (like Ubuntu), if you have an intranet that doesn't hit the internet, but it's no big deal. Those that I've told not to configure a network never had a problem.

I frequently run tasks that take several hours to finish, often more than one simultaneously without any fear of warning/error message.

I could go on, but the rest simply descended into absurdity.

Anonymous said...

- I open dozens of tabs at once with the Linky-plugin for Firefox. No problem. Firefox is too slow? You are not forced to use it. Why don't you try Opera?
- I've installed Linux on a System with Sata- and IDE-Harddrives. I didn't have a problem.
- Whats your problem with Linux without Internet? I don't see your problem.
- I rip my DVD's with a bash scripts. Those run for days. They never mysterislously halt like you discribed.
- Uhm, did you know that Suse, Redhat offer professional support too? What's so bad about it anyway?

You are unhappy with linux? Well it's a world of freedom. Buy a Mac or try again with Windows.

aronzak said...

I agree with some of this. Especially the licensing part.
- What are you using as a media player? Vlc's subs are always white.
- They do have quake 1. That's been ported to everything. Great that you still play it.

The reason that people hate Canonical is not because it provides support. It's because it gives nothing back to upstream.

Anonymous said...

You ACED it with the Linux-without-Internet thing. I just happened to have attempted doing exactly that - trying to install Debian Sarge without the Internet - when Sarge first came out. It was the only time I actually gave up in frustration on a Linux distro. To this day I dislike Debian itself just for that, though I still like Debian-derived distros.

To explain why I attempted it: I'd only had experience with Red Hat, Mandriva, and Mepis at that point, so I'd heard that Debian was a challenge distro. Well, better not risk my main machine with a challenge, right? So I'd do it on my other machine, which had no net connection.

By the way, Slackware jumped right on the same box with no problem. It became my favorite distro.

Anonymous said...

Whatever the humor, I see this as misleading. Heck, Sidux is easier than that. I use Kubuntu for my main box and partition.

I'm not having ANY of these problems. Are you sure you aren't talking about Windows? After all, how long does that take? To install the very needed "clean" fresh reinstall of Windows is a time consuming nightmare.

Buying a new computer WITH pre-installed software is possible with Ubuntu. Yet it's not better than a simple 20 minute, current install. Especially compared with Windows. It takes DAYS to get Windows fully built out.

Mac's are less for more. Sorry. The computer that keeps on giving (bills/rates).

Anonymous said...

What a biased opinion... Bunch of crap actually...

And if this was an attempt of being funny in some kind, please mark it that way...

Metalx1000 said...

I've been using Linux for over 3 years now. Can't say I've had any of these problems.

In fact I'm install Ubuntu right now on a computer with out internet access. It sucks installing software on a Linux Box with out internet. But, most computers aren't very useful with out internet. But, I never had any problem installing Linux with out internet.

And if you don't have internet how do you register a Windows machine?

Anonymous said...

- don't open 3 tabs in firefox in less than 5 seconds

Why ? I see no problem ?

- don't install linux on a system with one sata and one ide drive (adding a hard disk will confuse it even more)

What linux is it ?

- don't try to install linux on a computer without an internet connection
- don't believe me? try installing sarge on a pc without internet, after selecting don't configure network at this time

Try other distro before before blaming to every linux on this planet please.

- movie subtitles must be green, pink, red or yellow, no matter if it's a DVD or a SRT/SUB subtitle
what ??? what player did you use anyway ? Try gxine, or smplayer.

- don't run a task which would take 30 minutes then leave. an error will occure
(if an error doesn't occure, a warning will be issued)
(if the error doesn't occure, are you sure you didn't do something wrong?)

What task are you referring to ? FUD ?

- no, they don't have games on linux
- ...and quake too

helloo..., yes they do...

- complain if it's closed-source, don't use it if they changed the license to GPL
- a font size of 7 looks normal, but 8 is bold and big. for 6 you will need KMag.

FUD, FUD, FUD, it's FUD as you never mention the exact distro with those "symptom"

- don't complain, for you did something wrong like not editing some config file of an app which had a bug filed since 2005 and which can't be fixed unless somebody rewrites a whole library which was licensed under a proprietary license and now is free but still wait for a new version to appear and when it's out test it for two more years and you'll find the bug fixed but guess what? the feature is not there anymore

well perhaps you can complain to M$ for worm and viruses ?

- CLI applications are as follows:
- the ones from GNU, which are standard
- the ones from other projects, some of which are great
- the ones which give an error when ran as 'app --version' or 'app --help'
(they all are included in heavy distros)

FUD

- Who or what is evil?
- Microsoft is evil
- Apple is evil
- Since Canonical offers Linux support for money, I'm sure they are evil too
- Mono, Java too

You are evil.

-Bug fixing squad:
If you decide to fix bugs, first put them there so you know what to fix
Choose carefully the bugs you will fix, for some of them you won't know the fix

FUD

-Start a new distribution, the rules:
- use packages from an older distribution
- do not ever fix bugs
- choose a desktop environment, then start 3 more distros using other desktop environments
- add great features to applications, which will act as follows:
1. use an infinite loop no matter if the user clicks yes/no
2. make it impossible to close the application
3. teach the user how to use ps
- high hopes: 10 goals in a short time, come up with 1 which is terribly done anyway
- yeah, a new wallpaper and an iso image makes a new distro - burn fire burn, evil inside etc

FUD FUD FUD

- handle with care - that is: don't start an application unless you know it previously worked before
- an error means you did it wrong
(no, it's not a bug, you just have to configure it 2 hours in order to make it work)

Funny..., for me it is easier to install or uninstall program in linux than window$, well... I guess it's another FUD.

Anonymous said...

We use linux compute servers to run tasks for minutes, hours, and days.

I could argue the other points as well, but I thought that one about running a task longer than 30 minutes was crazy.

Jup said...

SATA and IDE together works great. Its probably your hardware.

Anonymous said...

i open up 15-25 tabs in ff on Linux in under 5 secs roughly 5 or 6 times a week. They are different tabs each time (sripted).

Ajzimm3rman said...

After using it for 2 yrs I have come to like to more.
I don't have the problems you mention above..